Passengers wait to board their trains as they head to their hometown for the Lunar New Year holiday, at Shanghai Hongqiao railway station in Shanghai on January 30, 2016. (Xinhua/AFP)
BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Spring Festival is coming. Do you know what is going on in China? The answer is "massive migration."
As the Chinese Lunar New Year is just around the corner, on Feb. 8, people are rushing to their hometowns.
A record number of passengers are expected to travel between Jan. 24 and Mar. 3, a 40-day period known as "Chunyun" or the "Spring Rush."
Passengers arrive to board their trains as they head to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday, at Hangzhou East railway station in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on January 26, 2016. (Xinhua/AFP)
Up to 2.91 billion trips are expected to be made via road, railway, air and water, up 3.6 percent year on year.
Passengers take a train to return home for family reunion at Caohai Railway Station in Guizhou, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 28, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)
This phenomenon draws the eyes of foreign news media.
"China's peak travel season is kicking into high gear this weekend as hundreds of millions of people return home for Spring Festival celebrations - or head for vacation destinations domestic and abroad," was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
Passengers run along the platform to their train at Haining railway station as they head to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday, in Haining, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on January 26, 2016. (Xinhua/AFP)
The Aljazeera America also presented several photos about "massive migration," showing the crowded railway station as well as people' s eagerness to go home.